The Joeys will test themselves against one of the powerhouses of world football on Monday morning [AEDT] when they take on Germany in their opening 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup game.
Australia’s U-17 national team kick off their campaign against Germany, before then playing Mexico and Argentina on Thursday morning and Sunday morning [AEDT] respectively to round out their Group C fixtures.
Joeys head coach Tony Vidmar said there was a sense of enthusiasm around the Australia camp heading into the first game.
“We’re just 24 hours away from our opening game now, and we’re very, very excited,” Vidmar said.
“Our moment has arrived.”
The Joeys have now spent a week in Chillan after a weeklong training camp in Rancagua where they played out a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica in their final friendly before the tournament.
Vidmar said the team is more than equipped for the task they have ahead of them.
“Our preparations have been really good,” Vidmar said.
“We’ve covered everything that we possibly can and we’re ready to go out there and give a good performance.”
A win in any of the three games will put the Joeys in a strong position to qualifying for the next stage of the competition.
The top-two placed teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Round of 16, while the best four third-placed teams will also advance.
Australians can watch all the action as the Joeys take on Germany at Estadio Nelson Oyarzun Arenas, Chillan live and exclusive on SBS ONE from 5.45am AEDT.